Euthanasia

The act of killing someone painlessly.

Euthanasia is the act of killing someone painlessly, in order to relieve further intolerable suffering from an incurable illness.

The word "euthanasia" comes from the Greek -- "eu" meaning "goodly or well" + "thanatos" meaning "death." Literally translated euthanasia is the 'good death'


Euthanasia is illegal in the UK under the common law offence of murder.

 

Euthanasia and assisted suicide - NHS Choices

 



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